Has a better core ever been wasted? (2006-2010)

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  1. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian Augmented. Zone Supporter

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    Ok, I'm opening myself up to a ton of ripping but I've been pondering this topic over the past few days. My sample size of being a football fan is quite limited based upon my age, but since I've become competent enough to actually follow it, I don't think any team built up a really great core and did nothing with it outside of us and the San Diego Chargers. I think our core was better than there's. So I pose the question has a better core ever been wasted than the one that we had during the 2006-2010 period? This core produced a 2007 team which has the record for the most Pro-Bowl players (they had 13, think about that for a second...), and this was back when the Pro Bowl had some semblance of respect.

    Scary to think how could those teams were, and how little we saw out of it - 1 playoff victory. So I pose the question, has a better core ever been wasted?
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  2. 17yearsandcounting

    17yearsandcounting Benched

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    We have thrown away the careers of the best players the brain rust has managed to stumble upon since the dynasty. For a while it seemed like Jerry was trying everything in his power to NOT find a QB that could play, and when he finally does he goes on to the same process with the coaching staff. It is a massive what if, but I would be infinitely curious to know how Tony would have developed had he continued to have been coached by winners and not Wilson and Ginger.
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  3. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    lets just see how others poll it by facepalm.
  4. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

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    I'm not so sure we have been THAT talented but we had the QB and some pieces. We simply weren't able to build enough roster depth with good to great drafts.
  5. Doomsay

    Doomsay Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a partying reference.
  6. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    Its a good question but there have been other core teams that didn't bring home the bacon in terms of championships. I remember seeing a very very dominant Eagles defense and electric QB in Randall Cunningham always fall flat in playoffs. I still think if the mysterious fog (fog bowl) didn't roll into Chicago that day that Philly would have went onto to winning their first super bowl (luckily that didn't happen). Miami also had very nice core of players during Marino years that just filled up stat lines and not much more. With this core players in Dallas you question how talented they were by not getting past 1 round of playoffs. I would think talent would get you past that point by accident over long period.
  7. AmishCowboy

    AmishCowboy if you ain't first, you're last

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    That's it in a nutshell, couldn't finish the job
  8. bkight13

    bkight13 Capologist

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    I don't think it was 'wasted' as much as they didn't perform their best when they had to. It's on the players more than anything else. Maybe they weren't as good as we thought, maybe they weren't clutch, maybe unlucky. But they made the Playoffs in 3 of 4 years and that 2007 lost to a NYG they had beat twice.
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  9. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    Look at the Oilers from 87-93. At least one of those teams should have made it to the Super Bowl IMO.
  10. OhSnap

    OhSnap Well-Known Member

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    If your core only got 1 playoff win then they probably wasn't as good as you think and they were no different than any other good player thats come and went through the NFL. They weren't good enough to beat the Giants 3 times in one year and they weren't good enough to make Minnesota come to their field and play. You can't waste what you don't have.
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  11. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Probably adjust the years a bit. 2006 was before the QB was an actual part of the core.
  12. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    That's sports in general. That's the NFL. Everyone can't win. There's only one ring. John Stockton, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Ladanian Tomlinson......

    Everyone can't win.

    That doesn't mean we should sit back and accept mediocrity or losing seasons but its just reality. Chargers had 13 wins and haven't had any success.

    You want to talk about wasted opportunity's? The Bills made 5 Super Bowls and didn't win ONE. In recent memory our own Rangers made it to two World Series and nothing to show for it. It sucks. I know i'm upset about our lack of post season success. But its not limited to just the Cowboys.
  13. cml750

    cml750 Well-Known Member

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    I think you are 100% correct. This team has wasted a very talented core group of players on piss pour head coaches. It is truly a shame that we were saddled with Wade " Powder Puff" Phillips and Jason " The Trainee" Garrett during the time period that we had our most talent since the mid 90's. If Jerry had hired a real coach to replace Tuna, we could have been a "super" team. Instead Jerry, after taking step back for the Tuna hire to get his stadium, hires a guy with a proven bad track record as a head coach in Wade and then replaces him with an inexperienced guy who still can't mange the clock after 3.5 years. We wasted the best years of Romo, Witten, Ware, etc..... which is truly sad.
  14. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    I think a better question would be has there even been another core given that many chances and kept together that long when producing next to nothing in return.

    Made the playoffs only 1 time in the past 6 years.
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  15. Tawney88

    Tawney88 Well-Known Member

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    the pro bowl was a joke then too
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  16. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Nope. I've never seen this much talent wasted.
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  17. Jstopper

    Jstopper Well-Known Member

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    The OP said from 06-2010. We made the playoffs 3 of those 5 season so you're not really addressing the question by taking about the past six years.
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  18. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Yes there has been worse. 2010-2014 Dallas Cowboys.
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  19. Jstopper

    Jstopper Well-Known Member

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    And as some previous posters said there have been many times in history that had stacked players and didnt win it all. The year the Lakers had Kobe, Shaq, Karl Malone, and Gary Peyton it seemed a lock they were gonna win the championship. Never happened tho.
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  20. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Considering we didn't have a real NFL offensive line from 2008 to about 2011, no, I don't think we've wasted a core.

    I'm also glad, that for the first time since Parcells arrived on the scene, we're actually trying to get younger instead of bringing in vets on the peak of their prime, ready to hit that downswing.
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